Daily Fees $350 per day per person.
Included daily fees:
- Pick up and drop off at or tambo international airport Johannesburg
- Use of hunting vehicle
- Professional hunter , tracker and skinner
- Accommodation , all meals , beverages (local beers)
- Daily cleaning of living quarters and laundry
Not included :
- Dip and pack
- Air fare
- Shipping and taxidermy
- Accommodation before and after safari
- Rifle rental at $35.00 per day
- Other personal expenses
- All animals wounded and not found to be paid in full
You will need a passport. If you already have a passport, be sure to check the expiration date. You are required to have at least one entirely blank (unstamped) page in your passport. Us and Canadian hunters – for South Africa only a passport is required, no visa. We don’t do anything other than make recommendations concerning airline reservations. Unless you have some sort of frequent flyer miles or other sort of free ticket, an African specialist can probably get you there and back cheaper than your regular agent. Don’t wait too long to book your airline reservations.The best flights from the United States are on Delta fly direct from Atlanta to Johannesburg ,15 hours ,arrive the next day at 5:00pm. Departure flights on Delta leave at 8:00pm and get back into Atlanta the following morning .This flight price averages $2100.00 coach round trip or 125,000 miles. A cheaper Flight alternative includes going through Europe .This flight is about 30 hours total and can be taken with United or American Airlines in conjunction with British Airways and Lufthansa expect to pay from $1400.00 to $1900.00 for this flight if booked six months in advance.You could also have a look at www.flysaa.com .
Arrival and transfer to camp: Please make sure your airfare booking to South Africa, arriving at Johannesburg-OR Tambo International Airport. We meet every safari group personally at the airport on arrival and transfer the clients to our camp.
Cellular reception is available, so bring your cell phone along. Remember to apply for Roaming on your phone to be able to use it outside your country. E-mail is available in camp. Remember time zones; there is a 7 (South Africa) hour time difference to the Eastern Standard Time of the USA. Be sure to leave phone, fax and email numbers with your family.
HEALTH and MEDICAL:
No special inoculations are required for South Africa. Our camp is situated in a malaria free area. Your family physician may suggest anti-malaria tablets, although you won’t see many African mosquitoes that time of year.
CLIMATE and CLOTHING:
South Africa’s seasons are reversed from yours with April through October being the cool, dry fall and winter months. For most part, daytime temperatures are pleasant and range from 60 to 80 degrees F. In South Africa snowstorms are a rare exception, but temperatures can vary from 40 degrees at night to 80 degrees during the day- so prepare for all conditions. Bring enough clothing for chilly mornings and outdoor dinners. Hunting vehicles are usually open-air pick-up trucks, so rides to and from blinds or hunting areas can get nippy. Camo clothing is fine for hunting but not necessary. We suggest olive drab, browns, tans or greens. Since laundry is done daily, three or four sets of clothing are usually sufficient.
We can arrange optional side trips and/or pre-hunt trips for those of you who will be bringing your wives or family. Costs of side trips are extra. Please let us know in advance if you want to go on side trips or a pre-hunt trip. Most blinds are big enough for three people so wives will be allowed to accompany their spouses to the blinds should they want to.
EQUIPMENT and SHOT PLACEMENT:
For bowhunting – use any bow / arrow combination you would hunt elk with. Feel free to bring a spare bow, extra strings and any accessories you might need. If you come up short, someone in camp will probably have what you need. Two dozen broadheads should be sufficient. There is a practice range set up right in camp. Africa is the survival of the fittest. Game is tough and die harder than similar size game in America. A lung shot is a lung shot, but trust us, these critters are extra tough. The vitals of most African plains game sit further forward in their chest cavity than American big game. Pick a spot several inches forward of where you would on a similar sized North American game animal. Come straight up the front leg on a broadside shot. Thrust your PH on this. The shoulder bones angle forward above the leg. Quartering away shots work great too. Pick your shot angles and distance carefully. You haven’t seen “jump the string” yet! Quieten your bow noise as much as possible. Use quality broadheads and have them razor sharp. All wounded or lost game will cost you, so please consider the stress of anxiety, jet lag, stretching your personal range limits, etc. Don’t take a twenty-five yard shot when the animal might come considerably closer. You’ll get plenty of close broadside shots. Many shot opportunities will be around fifteen yards.
We routinely ask for a “Wish List” from each hunter which has to be completed on your safari contract. This list would include the top species you will be looking for on your bowhunt. Please complete your wish list species on the safari contract so that we can plan accordingly. For instance, someone who particularly wants to shoot an eland will be taken into consideration during blind selection when eland are using certain areas. Same with zebra, waterbuck, etc. we also work on quotas at different concessions and therefore it is necessary to know what each hunter would like to harvest.
On your first meeting with your P.H. or Guide, clearly discuss the hunt plan, your priorities and any special circumstances, i.e. health problems, etc. Your P.H. is extremely qualified and is there to make your hunt as pleasurable as possible, however, he is not a mind reader.
Although some portable or pop-up blinds might be used, we are heading more and more towards enclosed pit blinds to eliminate human odor drifting to game. They are cooler on sunny days and darker so game won’t spot you. They are built big enough for two, maybe three people. You will be given food, snacks “jerkey”, water, a urine bottle and a radio when you reach the blind, or you can sit with your PH. Note that hunters are NOT allowed to exit a blind any time – except when mother nature is calling – unless your guide’s hunting vehicle is next to your hide. Game are used to hunting vehicles and each time somebody exits a blind without a vehicle there, the game will become more afraid of the hides which will reduce our success. We need to keep our hides as bowhunting friendly as possible, your co-operation will be appreciated in this matter!
TROPHIES and PERMITS:
The trophies will be prepared in the camp, ready for transportation to the taxidermist, who will make them ready for export. We will deliver the raw trophies to the taxidermist of choice or export agent. From here the liability of the trophies is with the other party. We will check on the progress and notify the client. All services rendered for taxidermy work or export preparation is between the client and the chosen company. Payments for these companies must be made directly to them. Detailed quotations are available on request. Please keep in mind that in Africa, the paperwork for the export of trophies takes some time to get finalized, as the authorities are not very consistent. Rules change on a regular basis, which can result in delays.
ARMS and AMMUNITION:
All firearms must be declared with US Customs before leaving the USA. Get this done well before you leave. The location of the nearest Customs Office can usually be found in the blue pages of your telephone guide. Many Customs offices are not well staffed and there are not always agents on hand. Call ahead for an appointment. This does not register your firearms in anyway, as you will receive the only record of listing; it’s called a 4457 custom deceleration form”. Do not loose this record! Without it, you will not be able to bring back your rifles into the US. Keeping it with your passport should prevent it from being misplaced. On entering South Africa you should also fill out an import firearm permit, with the serial numbers, model and calibers of your firearms. Having this information handy, will prevent you having to open your rifle cases at this time. Your firearms must be presented to a Customs official and the serial numbers you registered will be checked. Your firearm permit must be stamped and retained by you until your departure. Your firearm permit will be dated as valid only until your departure date.
We strongly recommend that all our clients do a pre permit application for their firearm. www.Riflepermits.com will handle this on your behalf at a fee of $100 per client. When you have a pre permit for your rifle import in to South Africa, it makes the process at the airport with border police much smoother and quicker. Contact them – Henry Durrheim – firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.phasa.co.za
We recommend you bring a medium caliber rifle (e.g. 30-06 Caliber) for plains game and cats minimum 180 grains for bullets. For thick-skinned game like buffalo and elephant, the minimum caliber allowed in South Africa is .375. Many hunters find that .375 magnum is a very good all-round rifle, both or small and big game. The rifle should be carried in a solid hard case. Ammunition and bolt must not be carried in the rifle case, but in your suitcase, which is checked through. For daily use while in the field and for transportation on the charter plane, we would suggest that you bring a soft rifle case to protect the rifle.
Tipping is pretty routine when hunting in Africa and hunters are respectfully requested to leave a tip at their own discretion. Hunters used to leave some sort of equipment such as a bow, arrows, a custom knife, optics, etc, but the PH’s have all the gear they need by now. They appreciate cash more. We’ll leave this decision up to each of you.
The local people are very poor and appreciate anything. A trip to the Dollar Store or rummage sales is worth the satisfaction of helping those who don’t have much, but again they also appreciate cash more! We ask every hunter to please not give tips directly to the staff, except for your PH, as tips are given to all of them after the season is completed. This way they receive a larger amount of cash at one time and can afford to spend it more wisely. Should you want to bring small gifts and such, we suggest you bring along school materials as the local people really can’t afford much for their children.